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Tottenham 4-1 Southampton: Creeping Spurs brush aside Saints after early scare to start season strong

Spurs surprisingly fell behind 12 minutes into their home opener in sunny north London, with Saints captain James Ward-Prowse defying an intense start from the hosts to drive Moussa’s cross home Djenepo at 18 meters.

But Tottenham were not left out for long as the impressive Ryan Sessegnon headed Dejan Kulusevski’s ball past the far post, his first Premier League goal.

This was followed 10 minutes later by Eric Dier’s first goal in around three years, the versatile England international bending down to deftly launch Heung min-Son’s cross past Gavin Bazunu, one of three Saints debutants on Saturday with Joe Aribo and Romeo Lavia.

By contrast, Tottenham’s first XI contained 10 of the 11 players who started on the final day of last season, with Richarlison banned and fellow newcomers Yves Bissouma, Ivan Perisic, Clement Lenglet, Djed Spence and Fraser Forster all on the bench .

But that didn’t matter as they continued to dominate the proceedings, creating plenty more chances to extend their lead either side of the interval, with Sessegnon seeing a second sent off for offside.

The third goal eventually arrived just after the hour mark, with Southampton centre-back Mohammed Salisu comically turning Emerson Royal’s low cross into his own net.

A matchday one rout ended two minutes later when the excellent Kulusevski – looking to keep his place in the top three alongside Harry Kane and Son and ahead of Richarlison – got the goal his performance fully deserved , winding Emerson’s reduction in the distance. corner.

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